Honourable Najib Balala, EGH, was born in 1967 and is trained in International Urban Management at the University of Toronto, Canada. He underwent the Executive Program for Leaders in Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
CS Balala was early this year re-appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife by H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, CGH, President of the Republic of Kenya.
Dr. Margaret Wawuda Mwakima is currently the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife. She is a Sustainable Natural Resources Management professional majoring in Biodiversity Sustainability and Economic Development. A Ph.D graduate, Dr. Mwakima has written a thesis on “Determinants of the Biodiversity Conservation -Tourism Nexus in the Buffer Zone of Amboseli Biosphere Reserve, Kenya.” Dr. Mwakima also holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Sustainable Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Education (Science) Degree in Botany and Zoology all from Kenyatta University.
Mr. Joe R. Okudo, CBS is the Principal Secretary in charge of the State Department for Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. He was also the Principal Secretary for Sports responsible for Arts and Culture in Kenya. He previously worked with the Danish Embassy in Kenya (DANIDA) from 2002 – 2014, where he held several senior positions in the Private and Industry Sectors.